Kick off the fall with a commitment to improve your Sudoku skills.
We start with a Sudoku puzzle in progress, where it appears that there are no more obvious or not-so-obvious clues. Can you find the hidden clue in Puzzle #165?
(The answer follows the conclusion of Puzzle #168, the feature puzzle for this month)
Simply a Logic Puzzle, Difficult rating … 3/10
(Rating based on puzzles not requiring advanced techniques)
Impossible to solve?
Impossible? No. Difficult? Extremely. Puzzle #167 will be challenge for you. Advanced Techniques (Steps 6 and/or 7) are required. Difficult rating 7/10.
Difficult rating … 4/10
(Rating based on puzzles requiring advanced techniques)
Prior to utilizing techniques 1-8, complete the 5 Steps of Puzzle Preparation …
- FILL IN DATA FROM OBSERVATIONS
- FILL IN OBVIOUS ANSWERS
- FILL IN NOT-SO-OBVIOUS ANSWERS
- MARK UNSOLVED CELLS WITH OPTIONS THAT CANNOT EXIST IN THOSE CELLS
- FILL IN THE OPTIONS FOR THE UNSOLVED CELLS
(Hint … If you need a refresher on Step 6, please click the April 2023 issue)
May the gentle winds of Sudoku be at your back,
Clue for Puzzle #165 . . . did you find the clue? If not, read on.
In box one a 7 can only exist as an option in C1R1 or C1R2; therefore, a 7 cannot exist an option in C1R5. We see that a 7 cannot exist as an option in C3R5 or C5R5; therefore, C7R5=7.
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Recently someone wrote to ask how to fill them out online. Unfortunately, you need to print them yourself, but that is easy to do and I know you will have just as much fun. Also you can use a grid sheet and copy numbers onto the grid.
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